Dimensions: 18'(H) x 20'(W) x 30' (L)
Shown here at Sharpe-Walentas Studios
Aluminum, screws, bouncing balls, crystal balls, bungie cords, acrylic paint, volleyballs, monofilament line, temporary tattoos, DVD player.
"The origin of art is rooted in relationships. The ancient Greek historian Pliny suggests art was born when a Corinthian maiden traced the outline of her lover's shadow on a wall. Another story tells of a young man who could not paint the Buddha because of his enlightened glow, and so was forced to paint the holy man's reflection (or projection) in a pool of water. Both tales emphasize the need to fix a memory from the start, but they also point to the desire to retain a connection to someone special. These, of course, are only a few of the many origin stories of art, but they both point to the urge to remember, even if the result is a rough facsimile.
The journey of art meanders through the accumulation and excavation of experience, and in this installation Louden and Vartanian reflect on their five-year professional and personal relationship as a starting point for a larger investigation into the notion of origins, whether through the lens of family, childhood, ideology, communication systems, or material culture." -- Hrag Vartanian, April, 2018